Learn About Spring Gardening with Conservation@Home Programs

Interested in starting a garden this spring, but unsure where to begin? Want to learn about sustainable garden practices and how to incorporate native landscaping? Then consider joining the Forest Preserves of Cook County for the Conservation@Home: Kick Start Your Garden! Program.


During the event, attendees can meet with representatives from numerous organizations to learn about seed starting, monarch friendly gardening, biosolids, and more. Beginning at noon, there will be a Conservation@Home presentation.


“This program is beneficial to gardeners of all experience levels, and will connect them to different resources in their community, encourage them to cultivate their own gardens in a responsible way with native plants, as well as alert them to issues facing native pollinators in the area and what they can do within their own backyards to help relieve some of those issues,” explains Katie Moriarty, program specialist with the Forest Preserves.


Conservation@Home: Kick Start your Home Garden!

Sunday, March 11 • 11 am – 3 pm

Rolling Knolls, 11N260 Rohrssen Rd, Elgin


Participating organizations include University of Illinois Extension, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the Field Museum Monarch Project and Center for Neighborhood Technology.


Check out these other great upcoming Conservation@Home programs:


Conservation@Home: Gardening to Feed Pollinators from Early Spring to Late Fall

Sunday, March 4 • 1 pm

Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd, Barrington Hills


Conservation@Home: Native Landscape Design Workshop

Saturday, March 10 • 1:30 pm

Sand Ridge Nature Cener, 15891 S Paxton Ave, South Holland


Conservation@Home: Straw Bale Gardening

Saturday, March 24 • 1:30 pm

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center, 9800 Willow Springs Rd, Willow Springs


Conservation@Home: Native Landscape Design Workshop

Sunday, March 25 • 10 am – 12 pm

Trailside Museum of Natural History, 738 Thatcher Ave, River Forest

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County